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MS. Bodl. 795

Summary Catalogue no.: 2644


Language(s): Latin

(fols. v recto-vi verso)

Table of contents for the following work (fifteenth-century addition)

Fol. vii r-v blank.

(fols. 1r-244v)
William Holme, De simplicibus medicinis
Incipit: Abhominacio. Castanee abhominacionem astringunt
Final rubric: Tractatus optimus de simplicibus medicinis ad singulas corporis egritudines per fratrem Willelmum Holme medicum ordinis fratrum Minorum circa annum Domini .1415. excerptus a 12 medicine doctoribus
Colophon: Hunc librum scripsit Willelmus Bedmistre oxonie Anno domini .143\5/. Orate speciliter pro eo inspicientes prefatum librum.
eTK 0009L
(fols. 245r-307v)

Alphabetical index to the preceding work, combined with a medical lexicon. Arranged in three columns (‘virtus prima’, ‘virtus tercia’, ‘virtus secunda’) of which the second (‘tercia’ relates to Holme's work. Columns ‘prima’ and ‘secunda’ have no entries from fol. 250 onwards.

Incipit: Aaron ad quid valet vide diccionibus febres. pectus. potagra [virtus tercia]
Incipit: Idem est quid Iarus pes vituli siue pentaria siue dragancia [virtus prima]
Incipit: Incisiuam habet virtutem (et) abstersiuam (et) maximum iuuamentum eius est in radice [virtus secunda]
Explicit: Zurinbet prodest vt verb(is) Cor. Inpinguare. Matrix. Venenum. Venter. Ventositas. Vomitus.

Fols. 308r-309v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: eius tepidum
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + ii (parchment) + 3 + 308 + 1 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 185 mm.
Foliation: Foliated i-vii, 1–310
Foliation: 15th century foliation in arabic numerals.


Fols. 1r-244v: 2 cols., c. 49–53 lines, column space 185 × 55–65 mm.

Fols. 245r-307v: 3 cols., c. 41–46 lines, central column 180 × 55 mm. , outer columns 180 × 40 mm.


Written by Willelmus Bedmistre (colophon, fol. 244v, but fols. 245–309 are probably in the same hand), on whom see Emden, BRUO, I.147, where he is identified as the scribe of London, British Library, Royal MS. 10 A. xviii, and Worcester, Cathedral Library, MS. Q. 45.


Initial 'I' extending into border (fol. 1). (Pächt and Alexander iii.898)

Fols. 1r-244v: paraphs, underlining in red.

Fols. 245r-307v: initials in blue with penwork flourishing in red.


Short account of William Holme added, fol. iv verso, sixteenth century.


Origin: 1435 ; English, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired about 1618–20.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2019) from the following sources. Additional description of fols 245r-307v by Matthew Holford, March 2019.
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 114 [physical description (fols. 1–244), date]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 898 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-04-02: Description revised from Waston, Pächt and Alexander, SC, and observation of manuscript.